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Youth Drum and Fife

Application to volunteer found below.

The Youth Drum and Fife Program provides an opportunity to interested youth with an interest in history, and music. As an extension of our Children’s Animation Program, the Drum and Fife Corps operates during the summer months at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.

Historically, the drum and fife corps acted as a primary form of communication in the Fortress, and on the battle field. As an essential part of the Compagnies Franches de la Marine, the function of the corps included assembling troops, delivering artillery commands, marching orders, informing Louisbourg residents of public announcements, public punishments, and the daily closing of the Dauphin gate, at curfew.

Participants will spend their summer interpreting the life of an 18th century field musician. This includes wearing a full drummer’s uniform, and kit, practicing marching drill, learning numerous duty calls, tunes, and proper instrument maintenance, and care.

To enrol in the Youth Drum and Fife Program, you must be a member of the Fortress of Louisbourg Association, be between the ages of 10 and 16.

Please note: participants must have attended the winter drumming sessions in order to attend during the summer months.

Youth Drum and Fife Application Form

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To volunteer in the Youth Drum and Fife the applicant must complete the Winter Drum and Fife course.


Historical re-enactments aren’t just the purview of American Civil War enthusiasts! Volunteers at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site have banded together to help Parks Canada military-animators to bring the military aspect of 18th century Louisbourg to life for visitors as they defend the Fortress from the English.

The original Fortress of Louisbourg militia assisted regular troops in times of emergency. The Militia was made up of fishermen, farmers, and townspeople from the Louisbourg settlement. Similarly, today, members come from all walks of life to volunteer, and train marching, musket firing, and public demonstrations in partnership with Parks Canada.

To enrol, you must be a member of the Fortress of Louisbourg Association. You must also be at least 18 years of age to be certified under the militia’s black powder training program. 

For more information, please contact:  lbourgmilitia@gmail.com